- Gebundene Ausgabe: 672 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper (6. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061915416
- ISBN-13: 978-0061915413
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 4,1 x 22,9 cm
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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Mai 2014
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“Kaplan has produced a full-length narrative of this remarkable life, rendered in lucid and loving prose. . . . Kaplan rightly portrays Adams as a man ahead of his time. . . . A valuable book about an important American figure.” (Robert W. Merry, The New York Times Book Review)
“An engaging, well-crafted, and deeply researched biography that puts particular emphasis on John Quincy’s rich life of the mind.” (Susan Dunn, The New York Review of Books)
“In undertaking John Quincy Adams, Fred Kaplan. . . clearly is trying to do for the son what David McCullough did for the father. . . . It was a notable life, marked now by a notable biography.” (The Boston Globe)
“John Quincy Adams should be required reading inside the Beltway. . . . Kaplan has penned a richly detailed canticle to his subject. . . . Kaplan’s narrative is both riveting and brimming with telling details.” (The Christian Science Monitor)
“Well-researched and well-written. . . . An admiring and admirable account.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Insightful and engrossing. . . . As Kaplan makes plain in his own clear and finely chiseled prose, John Quincy Adams was, at his core, a writer. . . . A fine biography.” (Annette Gordon-Reed, The American Scholar)
“An exemplary portrait. . . . Kaplan is accomplished at the art of biography.” (Louis P. Masur, The Los Angeles Review of Books)
“Beautifully researched and written. . . . Biography fans, don’t miss this one.” (The Washingtonian, Best Books of the Month)
“As well-written, comprehensive, and satisfying account of Adams’s personal life and career as we have seen in print.” (The Washington Times)
“There is much to praise in this extensively researched book, which is certainly one of the finest biographies of a sadly underrated man. . . . These are the marks of a master historian and biographer.” (Carol Berkin, The Washington Post)
In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams—the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams—and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.
Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government's role as an engine of progress and prosperity. In these ways—and in his energy, empathy, sharp intellect, and powerful gift with words both spoken and written—Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this sweeping biography, rich in literary analysis and historical detail, makes clear how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams' own time.
Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his vision for a young nation.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The recurring theme of this biography, as best as I could tell, is that even when you are given everything, it is still hard to succeed with it. Unlike John Adams who fought for his successes, John Quincy pretty much had everything handed to him. I identified with Adams as a reluctant lawyer -- he went into law pretty much be default, and didn't really enjoy it although he was good at it. But he never actually practiced law very long. Every chapter was, "John Quincy prepared to return to his law practice, but then he was asked to serve in the Senate/ run for governor/ beccome the Minister to Russia/ serve as Secretary of State . . ." He pretty much, as the son of a President, had everything handed to him, and you wanted to hate him for that.
But then you saw all of the rest of his family -- brothers and sisters, sons, uncles, in-laws. They also had a wide-open path due to their relationship to John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and they pretty much all failed. Bankruptcies and debts, failed business ventures, alcoholism, arrests, and early deaths. In the later chapters, John Quincy and his wife Louisa visit their son Charles Francis Adams (father of Henry Adams), and he's pretty much it. Charles Francis became a lawyer and was successful enough to be generally self-sufficient with a wife and son. Everyone else was either dead or a straggling, struggling John Quincy dependent.
On politics, the Whigs were clearly the better choice in the 1830s and 1840s. Even though neither they nor the Democrats were abolitionists, at least the Whigs were not actively trying to increase the power of the slave states the way Jackson and Polk and their ilk were. The odd part about John Quincy's life was that so much of the first part was served in ambassador roles that he really had little impact on America's internal affairs until after his Presidency when he returned to Washington in th House of Representation. (John Quincy prepared to retun to his retirement, but then he was asked . . .) That's when he represented the Amistad defendants and fought the gag rule. He overlapped in Congress one year with Lincoln, and they had identical voting records.
In the end, John Quincy was clearly born on third base, but wasn't under the illusion that he hit a triple. He tried to use his privilege to help America and all Americans, which is a lot more than many of the Presidents that followed him could say.
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